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WICHITA — The nation's obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with one in three young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued Wednesday by a group of retired military leaders. The nonprofit, non-partisan group called Mission: Readiness (Military Leaders for Kids) is promoting healthy school lunches in Kansas and across the nation as a way to combat the problem. In Kansas, 29 percent of teenagers are overweight, according to figures it cites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About a third of American children and teens are considered obese or overweight. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 372 words.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for a memorial to victims, rescuers and survivors of Kansas City's 1981 skywalk disaster. The Skywalk Memorial Foundation breaks ground on the memorial Friday in Hospital Hill Park, across the street from the former Hyatt Regency hotel where 114 people died in the collapse on July 17, 1981. More than 200 people were injured. UPCOMING: 300 words.
— OBSERVATORY-CLOSING — Lake Afton Public Observatory is set to close after giving Kansas a glimpse of the stars for 35 years.
— TORNADO WARNINGS-NICKERSON — Tornado sirens failed to go off in Nickerson as a tornado hit the area.
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